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MarkEsq
12-08-2008, 07:45 PM
I am looking for some examples of famous railway art, preferably glorifying rail travel, showing how it's an important part of the romance of America. Specifically:

-- the name of a painting or two and the artists
-- poetry about the romance of train travel
-- famous stories about rail travel
-- movies starring a train

Thanks very much for all assistance!

Mark

smoothseas
12-08-2008, 07:52 PM
Murder on the Orien Express - book/movie

and always remember google.com is your friend...



http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=railway+museum


http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=railway+art



for starters

waylander
12-08-2008, 08:05 PM
JMW Turner - Rain, Steam and Speed. One of Turner's most famous paintings.

http://www.masterpiece-paintings-gallery.com/turner-rain-steam.htm

The Railway Children by E Nesbit, much loved children's book and movie

Red-Green
12-08-2008, 08:14 PM
What about train songs? They're everywhere and they are IMO, the most compelling art about rail travel. I gotta whole list if you want.

MarkEsq
12-08-2008, 08:26 PM
What about train songs? They're everywhere and they are IMO, the most compelling art about rail travel. I gotta whole list if you want.

Yes please!

Red-Green
12-08-2008, 08:51 PM
This is just off the top of my head, so these are my all-time favorite train songs, but given more time, I could probably think of another 40 or 50. Most are common enough that you'll find multiple versions, but where they are more obscure, I listed the artist who performs it.

Wabash Cannonball (fight song of my alma mater!)
Orange Blossom Special
Folsom Prison Blues
Driver 8 - REM
Freight Train - Fred Eaglesmith
I Like Trains - Fred Eaglesmith
Railroad Bill
Night Train - James Brown, although it's a Jimmy Forrest song
Midnight Train
She Caught the Katy
This Train that I Ride
Casey Jones
Wreck of the Old 97
This Train Is Bound for Glory


Um, can you tell I like train songs? :D

Sarpedon
12-08-2008, 09:13 PM
I love Art Deco Trains.

http://www.enjoyart.com/trains.htm


http://www.louisvilleartdeco.com/feature/Transportation/Trains/Trains-index.html

Kitty Pryde
12-08-2008, 11:18 PM
North by Northwest. Isn't that the first movie to do the train-going-through-a-tunnel scene signifying the two MCs making love?

MarkEsq
12-09-2008, 12:12 AM
North by Northwest. Isn't that the first movie to do the train-going-through-a-tunnel scene signifying the two MCs making love?

Well I never, that is just disgusting!

;)

waylander
12-09-2008, 01:04 AM
Strangers on a Train - Hitchcock classic from 1951

rugcat
12-09-2008, 01:41 AM
What about train songs? They're everywhere and they are IMO, the most compelling art about rail travel. I gotta whole list if you want.I have an old LP of Cisco Houston railroad songs. (http://www.ciscohouston.com/LPs/900miles.shtml) This is the best railroad song record ever, and Cisco Houston was one of the great American folksingers. I learned every one of them as a teenage folkie before I turned to the dark side of Rock and Roll. (And the even darker side of jazz.)

You might also want to look at this one.
(http://www.ciscohouston.com/CDs/classic_railroad_songs.shtml)

I think the iconic American train song is the Wreck of the Old 97, but there are plenty of others. One of my favorites:

"Good morning, Mr. Railroad Man
What time do your trains roll by?
At nine sixteen and two forty four
And twenty five minutes til five...

Well, I pulled my hat down over my eyes
And I walked on down the track
I caught me the end of an old freight train
And I never did come back"

--The Rambler. (Or maybe it was The Gambler.)

Puma
12-09-2008, 02:37 AM
There's a Johnny Cash documentary called Riding the Rails about the history of the railroads in America. Pretty good.

Cash also has some other railroad songs (one of his favorite topics) like the L&N Don't Stop Here Any More, etc.

There's also a movie from way back when about the Harvey Girls who manned some of the stations on the ATSF (been a long time since I've seen that one.)

And there's the movie (Disney) about the capture of The General during the Civil War

There's lots out there. If I think of anything more worthwhile, I'll post again. Puma

waylander
12-09-2008, 02:59 AM
Mention of the Disney version of the capture of The General prompts this:
The General - Buster Keaton (1927)
http://www.filmsite.org/gene.html

Linda Adams
12-09-2008, 03:56 AM
Try looking for vintage labels. I have a clip art collection of "american nostalgia" from Borderbound of some of these labels that were used on fruit and vegetable crates, liquor bottles, and even cigars. Run a search for "vintage fruit crate labels railroad" for lots of sites. Here's a few links to enjoy:

Vintage Fruit Crate Labels (http://www.labelcollector.com/cgi/shop/labelshop.cgi?action=enter&thispage=Railroad.htm&ORDER_ID=!ORDERID!)

More vintage labels (http://www.paperstuff.com/?main=Catalog&category_uid=58)

From the Smithsonsonian, some old style advertising:

Advertisements for Rapid Transit Soap (http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/Ivory/detail.asp?index=0300600074.jpg&startCount=3&skipNo=yes&skip_num=1&key=&subject=Railroads--Trains&output=text&dates=&coll=&form_genre=)

Railroad Soap (http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/Ivory/detail.asp?index=0300600097.jpg&startCount=4&skipNo=yes&skip_num=1&key=&subject=Railroads--Trains&output=text&dates=&coll=&form_genre=)


And if you have a flea market near you, look for a vendor who sells magazine advertisements. You'll probably find some train artwork.

Not sure if this will be of help, but here's a museum (http://traveltown.org/index.shtml)to trains in Los Angeles.

lexxi
12-09-2008, 04:08 AM
Um, can you tell I like train songs? :D


I'm not the specialist you are, but I have to add "City of New Orleans" to the list.

Chase
12-09-2008, 04:10 AM
All the above is good. My favorite train song: Steve Goodman's "The City of New Orleans."

Ridin' on The City of New Orleans,
Illinois Central Monday morning rail.
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders,
Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail.
All along the southbound odyssey,
The train pulls out at Kankakee,
An' rolls along past houses, farms, and fields.
Passin' trains that have no names,
Freight yards full of old black men
An' the graveyards of the rusted automobiles.

Good morning, America! How are you?
Don't you know me I'm your native son?
I'm the train they call The City of New Orleans.
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.

Playin' card games with the old men in the club car,
Penny a point, ain't no one keepin' score.
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle,
An' feel them wheels a-rumblin' 'neath the floor.
An' the sons of pullman porters
An' the sons of engineers
Ride their fathers' magic carpets made of steel.
Mothers with their babes asleep
Are rockin' to the gentle beat,
An' the rhythm of the rails is all they feel.

Nighttime on The City of New Orleans,
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee.
Half way home, an' we'll be there by mornin'
Through the Mississippi darkness
Rollin' down to the sea.
An' all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream,
An' the steel rails still ain't heard the news.
The conductor sings his song again,
The passengers will please refrain.
This train's got the disappearin' railroad blues.

Good night, America, I love you!
Don't you know me I'm your native son?
I'm the train they call The City of New Orleans,
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.

Evaine
12-12-2008, 12:59 AM
Very much not American - but surely the finest railway movie ever is Brief Encounter!

Smiling Ted
12-12-2008, 03:01 AM
Silver Streak with Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor and Jill Clayburgh.